Davies exits outing with oblique strain
Right-hander could miss next scheduled start
ATLANTA -- Braves starting pitcher Kyle Davies left his start on Saturday with one out in the seventh inning with a left oblique strain and is day-to-day. Atlanta's training staff said Davies will be reevaluated within the next couple days.
"We first thought it was a cramp," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We think that right now, but maybe it's the start of something [else]. It's nothing major. We caught it in time. Maybe he can make his next start and maybe he can't, we'll have to wait and see."
Davies first showed signs of discomfort after running to field a Magglio Ordonez ground ball in front of the mound for the last out of the sixth inning. He recorded one out in the seventh before leaving with a 1-2 count on Brandon Inge.
Davies was battling through a cramp in his left calf before feeling pain in his left side, which he said came in the fifth inning. Catcher Brian McCann checked on Davies after he made the throw to first on Ordonez, but Davies assured McCann he was fine.
"Hopefully it's just a cramp," Davies said. "I started cramping up in the fifth inning. I took some heat guard and drank some Powerade, and the cramp in my leg went away. In the seventh, I started feeling a pinch in my oblique. [On the] first pitch, it wasn't bad at all, but on the next pitch, it got a little bit worse."
Davies allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six with three walks. He allowed an RBI single by Sean Casey in the second and a solo home run to Carlos Guillen to lead off the fourth.
"It was just a cramp, but I didn't want to push it and end up hurting it worse," Davies said. "Right now, it's fine. Everything is fine, and I'm just going to get some fluids in me."
Jeff Lutz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.